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Congratulations, Gardiner! To find out more, read the following press release from NerdWallet.
Gardiner Among Best Towns in Maine for Young Families
NerdWallet considers cost of living, education, and economic growth
San Francisco, CA (November 21, 2013) – NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website, conducted a study on the best towns in Maine for young families, and Gardiner is in the top ten.
To find the best places for future parents and young families to settle down, NerdWallet analyzed data from 59 towns in the Pine Tree State according to five criteria:
1. Public school ratings
2. Median home value
3. Cost of homeownership
4. Median income
5. Economic growth
NerdWallet ranked Gardiner ninth after assessing the town’s cost of living, education system, and economic growth. The town has the most third-most affordable homes prices of all towns in the top ten—average home values are $151,200.
“Situated outside of Augusta, Gardiner is located in Kennebec County. The town’s school district has improved greatly in recent years,” said NerdWallet analyst Mike Anderson. “Over the last six years, student achievement scores on math and reading assessments have steadily gone from below the state average to one point above.”
Read the full study online: http://www.nerdwallet.co...
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The Public Facilities Reconfiguration Meeting live streamed at the following URL:
Read all about the meeting at http://www.msad11.org/node/4891.
November 8, 2013
Dear Parents/Guardians/Community Members:
With nearly 17 years of service on the MSAD 11 School Board including three years as Chair of the School Board, last year Becky Fles was approached by the Maine School Board Association to take on state level responsibilities. She was asked to serve on a legislative committee and was appointed to the Maine Educator Effectiveness Council (a committee charged with creating an evaluation tool for teachers and principals). After only serving for three months on the Maine Educator Effectiveness Council, she was asked by the Maine School Board Association (MSBA) to serve as a representative on its Board.
At this year’s fall conference, Becky was elected to the position of Vice President of MSBA! This is a tremendous honor and reflective of her commitment and hard work, not only for MSAD 11, but also for children throughout the state.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Becky for this honor and to say “thank you” for all of her hard work. This opportunity will allow her to travel throughout the country, learning what others are doing to enhance learning opportunities for children, and to interact with school board representatives around the state, which in turn will benefit MSAD 11 by keeping us current with best practices.
Congratulations Becky, and please join me in thanking her and all School Board members for their service.
Superintendent of Schools
To: Parents/Guardians/Students/Community Members
From: Pat Hopkins, Superintendent of Schools
Date: October 15, 2013
Re: Student Backpack Program
In 2011, Reverend Bill Wade, Pastor of the Gardiner Free Methodist Church, approached MSAD 11 with a proposal to provide identified students weekly with donated food in an attempt to support families who were experiencing food insecurity. That year Reverend Wade and his many supporters/helpers raised enough money to feed 30 students from January through June. Two years later, the program is still going strong and has expanded to provide weekly meals to 50 students for the entire school year.
I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to all of the individuals who began this initiative and who continue to work tirelessly every week to make sure children in the MSAD 11 school district don’t go hungry. I would especially like to thank:
• Pastor Bill Wade and his wife Dena who organize and fundraise for the initiative.
• Helen Canfield, Eric and Tabi Languet, Adam Soto, Kit Langmeyer, Connie and Brian Laflamme, and Jason and Sherry Ingalls who package the food every other Wednesday to be delivered by Tabi, Connie, Bill, and Dena to the schools on Thursday.
• Dan Canfield, who provides cold cereal each week to add to the food packets.
• The Good Shepherd Food Bank which provides the food at a reduced cost as well as providing resources, including recipes, for the families who are recipients of the food.
• The Gardiner Federal Credit Union which is the largest contributor to this initiative, contributing 10% of the entire cost.
We are indeed fortunate to have so many caring individuals and organizations that give freely of their time and resources. Words cannot truly express how appreciative we are for all you do.
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